Policy approaches and lessons from working with non-state actors in security and justice (GSDRC Helpdesk Research Report 1190)

What are the different donor policy approaches to working with non-state actors? What lessons emerge from other donors’ work?

Abstract

Query

What are the different donor policy approaches to working with non-state actors in security and justice? (Refer to the differences and similarities with DFID’s approach). What lessons emerge from other donors’ work?

Overview

DFID has a rule of law policy approach. Programming decisions are made by a context-based, problem solving approach and therefore the policy does not identify overarching actors or themes for engagement. Is one of few donors to have published a briefing (DFID, 2004) entirely focussed on engaging with non-state security and justice actors. Engaging with non-state actors is also emphasised in the most recent policy document (DFID, 2013) and on the website.

UNDP takes a human-rights based justice sector reform approach focuses on strengthening formal and informal justice system, especially for the poor and marginalised. It has published guidelines with a section focussing on non-state actors (UNDP, 2006), and a report analysing lessons (Wojkowska, 2006).

USAID’s rule of law programmes work with non-state justice institutions to improve access to justice, and seek to strengthen legitimacy by harmonising non-state customary or religious law with state-based body of law. A summary of an unpublished USAID guidance note focussing on non-state actors is available online (Pavlovich in Mcloughlin, 2009).

Citation

Herbert, S. Policy approaches and lessons from working with non-state actors in security and justice (GSDRC Helpdesk Research Report 1190). Governance and Social Development Resource Centre, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK (2015) 11 pp.

Policy approaches and lessons from working with non-state actors in security and justice (GSDRC Helpdesk Research Report 1190)

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